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N.J. unemployment won’t help some who are fired

unemploylogo_optWorkers who lose a job for gross misconduct will not qualify for benefits

Governor Christie has conditionally vetoed a bill designed to make it harder for people fired for misconduct to collect unemployment benefits. Also, businesses will receive a one-year break on an automatic tax increase which was due to go into effect on July 1 to aid New Jersey's troubled unemployment fund.

Making it more difficult for workers guilty of misconduct to receive unemployment benefits can save the state up to $175 million per year. According to nj.com, misconduct cases will be classified as regular, severe, or gross. Severe misconduct includes theft, physical assault, being drunk or high on the job, abuse of sick time or benefits, fraud, or being repeatedly late after receiving a written warning.

The tax increase on businesses was reduced from an average of $400 per worker-and up to $683 per worker-to an average of $130 per worker.

The conditional veto will also create a 12-member task force which will recommend ways to stabilize the unemployment fund by October 1, and write annual reports for three years after that. The panel would be able to request information and professional help from state departments.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he expected the Senate to vote to accept Christie's conditions for the bill.

— BOB HOLT, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

 
Comments (4)
4 Thursday, 23 September 2010 13:11
Gina
After 2 months of being physically and verbally harrassed at work and notifying management, I contacted HR to advise I would not be returning back to work until something was done - I even had physical proof (emails, etc). HR advised me they would be doing an investigation and get back to me. A few days later I received a termination letter in the mail which stated I was being replaced due to job abandonment!!! The company was relocating 50 miles away 2 weeks later, so they figured if they fired me for job abandonment I couldn't collect. After waiting several weeks for a fact finding interview, faxing over the emails, etc., I was denied...I couldn't believe it. I appealed the decision and had to wait 7 months for a hearing (time I filed for unemployment until hearing date). They ended up sending the letter to the wrong address, and by the time I received it, the hearing had passed. I am a single mother of 3 who had absolutely no income due to false accusations made on my employer's behalf. I lost my car, my apartment and couldn't afford to feed my children. I never thought our government would allow such an awful situation happen to innocent people. I think the burden of proof should fall on the employer, especially if an employee has proof. How can they expect us to survive 7 months with no income? I'm still trying to recover from this entire mess...I want justice!
3 Sunday, 18 July 2010 20:32
Shane
Lately I've been seeing people getting taken advantage of left and right because it is an employers market these days, with ABSOLUTELY no jobs out there to be had. Everyone has to document everything that happens at work these days such as DR notes and, watching their backs.
2 Wednesday, 30 June 2010 08:43
CJFROMNJ
My exact thoughts Bart. This sounds good if it is used right but employers may use it against you just to have you fired and not pay benefits.
1 Sunday, 27 June 2010 18:44
BART FROM JERSEY
DONT ALLOW THIS LOOPHOLE TO PASS IT MAY AFFECT YOU OR SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY, I KNOW IT SOUNDS GOOD BUT THEY WILL USE IT AGAINST YOU. IF YOU DONT KNOW HOW THEY HAVE TAKEN ALL OUR RIGHTS BY NOW WITH THE FEAR FACTORS THEY USE, THIS IS JUST ANOTHER ONE. EMPLOYERS WILL FIND A WAY TO USE THIS TO GET AWAY WITH PAYING YOU YOUR BENEFITS THAT YOU PAY INTO EVERY WEEK. I HOPE THIS DOESNT HAPPEN TO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IF YOU THINK THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

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